Rainbow Refugee at Whistler Pride

Rainbow Refugee hits the slopes of Whistler Blackcomb to help save Queer and HIV+ Refugees in countries of conflict

This year the Whistler PRIDE and Ski Festival is proud to work with Rainbow Refugee as the festival’s primary beneficiary. Rainbow Refugee is a social support group that assists lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer, HIV+ people that have recently immigrated or in the process of seeking asylum/ refugee status from a country of conflict to a sanctuary city like Vancouver. Funds raised help claimants begin a fresh start in a supportive and inclusive destination. Funds also are used to help with the cost of providing workshops for various organizations in better understanding the unique refugee claims and the special care needed in processing the refugee. For instance if a person is escaping Uganda for LGBT persecution housing the claimant with other Ugandans could result in mental and physical assault.

We are collecting prizing for the Charity Ski Race as well as silent auction items for the Whistler Pride Banquet to help raise much needed funds to support the important humanitarian efforts of Rainbow Refugee.

If you could contribute in any way to the auction, it would help us to continue to make strides towards a stronger, healthier community. Donations are greatly appreciated. If you are unable to make donation suitable for the silent auction or prizing for the ski race we would also appreciate smaller items for volunteer recognition as we have a large dedicated volunteer base, that work hard to support Whistler Pride.

Donated gifts, prizes and auction items will be featured on whistlerpride.com. Higher valued items will be given more prominent exposure throughout the week of Whistler Pride starting at the Welcome reception on Sunday, January 25th at the Westin Resort & Spa from 4-7PM, and then on display at the Apres Ski events from Monday, January 26 – Thursday, January 29th and final display and acknowledgement at the Whistler Pride Banquet, Thursday, January 29th from 7:30-10PM.

If you would like to make a donation please complete the form below or contact us at: donations@whistlerpride.com